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After Diana's death in a Paris car crash in 1997, the sidewalks, railings and gates around her former residence at Kensington Palace turned into a makeshift shrine of flowers, photographs and art dedicated to the late princess. Kensington has also become a pilgrimage for mourners, who continue to pay their respects on the anniversaries of her birthday and death. "Diana wasn't like the other royals," one well-wisher told PEOPLE in 1997. "She was one of us."
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A three-mile stretch of beach on the island of Barbuda will be renamed Princess Diana Beach on July 1, during a ceremony celebrating the day she would have turned 50. "Barbuda became a sanctuary for the princess, and she seemed to find solace in the beauty of the island," says Dorcas Beazer-Williams, tourism chairwoman for the Barbuda Council.
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The Spencer family estate was the Princess of Wales's childhood home – and her final resting place. "It has this cathedral-like atmosphere, and people whisper," Diana's brother Earl Spencer said of his sister's burial site on the estate's Round Oval island. "I am well aware that people are not just thinking about [Diana] but about their own tragedies and losses. It is very therapeutic."
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CONCERT FOR DIANA
In 2007, Princes William and Harry threw a concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their mother's death with Elton John, Duran Duran, Joss Stone and Fergie as performers. "This evening is about all that our mother loved in life – her music, her dance, her charities and her family and friends," William told the 62,000-strong crowd at London's Wembley Stadium
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FLAME OF FREEDOM
Parisians have adopted the Flame of Freedom statue at the Pont d'Alma underpass where Diana died in 1997 as an unofficial shrine to the late princess. On the eve of Prince William's wedding, well-wishers paid homage to Diana by laying roses and a heart-framed photograph of the groom and his late mother under the golden flame.
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DIANA: A CELEBRATION EXHIBIT
In 1998, Di's brother Earl Spencer unveiled a museum devoted to his late sister at the Althorp Park Estate, which displayed Diana's bridal gown, childhood letters and other relics from her life. The exhibit, whose profits benefit the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, has since traveled around the world.
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HYDE PARK MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN
Queen Elizabeth unveiled an oval waterway in London's Hyde Park to commemorate Diana in July 2004. "Of course there were difficult times, but memories mellow with the passing of the years," the Queen said, adding that the fountain was a "highly original memorial, which captures something of the essence of a remarkable human being."
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PRAYERS FOR A PRINCESS
In 2007, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury who married William and Kate, gave thanks "for all the memories of her that we treasure still," in prayers to mark the 10th anniversary of Diana's death. "Her vulnerability and her willingness to reach out to the excluded and forgotten touched us all; her generosity gave hope and joy to many," he wrote.
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MARIO TESTINO EXHIBIT
Fifteen photographs of the late princess taken by famed photographer Mario Testino (who also snapped William and Kate's engagement portraits), in 1997 were the centerpiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino exhibition at Kensington Palace. The collection, which ran from 2005 to 2008, are the last official portrait photography of Di before her death. "Photographing Diana...was one of the most memorable days of my career," Testino said of his favorite subject.
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In 2005, former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died in the fatal crash alongside Diana in 1997, unveiled an 8-ft. tall statue of Diana and Dodi in his London store. Created by artist Bill Mitchell and titled "Innocent Victims," the bronze statue shows the couple dancing beneath the wings of an albatross. "I wanted to keep their spirits alive with a further gesture," the Egyptian mogul said.
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Diana's philanthropic reach continues through the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund – a grant-giving charity that carries on the late royal's humanitarian work of improving the lives of disadvantaged people worldwide. "She's gone, but she's like the gift that keeps on giving," says a benefactor. "Her touch goes a long, long way."
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